In a forceful rebuke of the American political establishment, Donald J. Trump on Tuesday was elected the 45th president of the United States, NBC News projects. His improbable win followed one of the most wildly unpredictable and bitter campaigns in the nation’s history.
Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star, defeated former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton in a stunning upset, running the table in battleground states across the country — from Florida and North Carolina to Ohio and Pennsylvania.
He declared victory Tuesday night before a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters, pledging to help unite the country after his rancorous battle with Clinton.
“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump said at the Midtown Hilton in New York City. He said he congratulated Clinton on a “very, very hard-fought campaign.”
Clinton called Trump sometime after 2 a.m. ET to concede the race, he told supporters. She will not address supporters on Tuesday night, her campaign chairman John Podesta said.
Trump triumphed across the South, Plains and the Rust Belt, where the Republican candidate’s volatile mix of economic populism and freewheeling bravado resonated with millions of white working-class voters.
Clinton, who entered Election Day with a modest lead in most national polls, failed to maintain her narrow advantage in crucial states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Trump prevailed in crucial swing states decided so far and holds thin advantages in several others, bringing his tally to 248 electoral votes. Clinton, who scooped up large electoral vote counts in Democratic strongholds on both coasts, earned 215 electoral votes.
Markets across Asia tumbled and Dow Jones futures plunged more than 800 points amid the uncertainty, potentially reflecting unease about what a Trump administration would mean for the economy.